Welcome and Call to Worship
Bless the Lord O my soul
Here we gather,
each from our individual lives.
We carry into this place the joys and the worries of our week,
The weight of our personal experience,
The anxieties of all that the future may hold.
Here we gather,
In prayer and preparation.
Here we knit ourselves into a community,
Here we hold one another in compassion,
Here we remember that the work you have called us to do, we do not do it alone.
Come and worship.
John 17 The Message (MSG)
1-5 Jesus said these things. Then, raising his eyes in prayer, he said:
Father, it’s time.
Display the bright splendour of your Son
So the Son in turn may show your bright splendour.
You put him in charge of everything human
So he might give real and eternal life to all in his charge.
And this is the real and eternal life:
That they know you,
The one and only true God,
And Jesus Christ, whom you sent.
I glorified you on earth
By completing down to the last detail
What you assigned me to do.
And now, Father, glorify me with your very own splendour,
The very splendour I had in your presence
Before there was a world.
6-12 I spelled out your character in detail
To the men and women you gave me.
They were yours in the first place;
Then you gave them to me,
And they have now done what you said.
They know now, beyond the shadow of a doubt,
That everything you gave me is firsthand from you,
For the message you gave me, I gave them;
And they took it, and were convinced
That I came from you.
They believed that you sent me.
I pray for them.
I’m not praying for the God-rejecting world
But for those you gave me,
For they are yours by right.
Everything mine is yours, and yours mine,
And my life is on display in them.
For I’m no longer going to be visible in the world;
They’ll continue in the world
While I return to you.
Holy Father, guard them as they pursue this life
That you conferred as a gift through me,
So they can be one heart and mind
As we are one heart and mind.
How Deep the Father’s Love for Us
Prayers of the People
You have heard what was written about Jesus in Scripture—
how he would suffer and die
and then rise from the dead on the third day;
how the same power that raised Jesus from the dead
raised Him to heaven and seated Him at the right hand of God,
where he now lives to intercede on our behalf.
So let us come before God with confidence,
through the loving intercession of our risen Lord,
Communion & Reflection
Go out from this place full of the tenderness of Jesus’ care for each one of us. Go out into the world, carrying with you the abundance of God’s grace and love, and letting it overflow as blessings to the world. Go; for Christ is out in the world, still calling us to life and love.
May the grace of Christ Jesus, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you, today and always. Alleluia! Amen.